Basic Needs & Food Pantry

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The Cypress College Basic Needs Resource Center & Food Pantry’s primary goal is to assist our students with their basic needs, allowing them to concentrate more on their academic endeavors and less on concerns such as meals and personal hygiene. We understand that students face various challenges, and we want to create a supportive environment where they can thrive. By providing resources and fostering a sense of community, we hope to alleviate some of the stress associated with these basic needs. We firmly believe that when students have their necessities covered, they can fully engage in their education and reach their highest potential. 

NOTE: During winter break, the Cypress College Food Pantry will continue to offer distributions on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. The Basic Needs Resource Center will also continue offering household/hygiene, diaper, and housing assistance. The Cypress College campus and services will be closed for the holidays December 22-January 1.

Basic Needs Services

Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Resource Center welcome faculty and staff to submit a request for a 10-minute presentation on the basic needs services we provide at Cypress College.

Food Pantry

The Cypress College Food Pantry aims to address the basic needs of our students by consistently distributing food, receiving donations, educating the campus community about food insecurity issues, and collaborating with various partners to connect students with additional resources both on and off campus.

The Food Pantry distributes every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Students will be asked to register once during their first visit each semester. Registration is easy and only takes a couple of minutes. For all following visits, students simply need to check-in with a Food Pantry team member.

Students must be an active Cypress College student and enrolled in units.

Charger’s Diaper Pantry

Our brand-new diaper program is specifically designed to support the needs of student parents. We understand that managing the responsibilities of college life, coupled with the challenges of caring for a child, can be overwhelming. That’s why we have introduced this initiative, aimed at providing assistance to those who juggle the demands of parenthood and education.

To participate in the program, students must be assigned to Cypress College as their campus and currently enrolled in units at Cypress College. Sign up for the diaper pantry by completing this form.

Personal and Household Care Items

We are thrilled to announce that we are now offering free personal and household care items exclusively for our Cypress College students. This basic need offer aims to assist students with essential personal and household care items, ensuring that all students have the necessary resources to thrive during their time at Cypress College. We hope to alleviate some of the financial burden and allow them to focus on our education and personal growth.

To participate in this program, students must be assigned to Cypress College as their campus and currently enrolled in units at Cypress College. The request form opens on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and closes on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Sign up for personal and household care items by completing this form.

Additional Resources

Pathways of Hope

Pathways of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals facing housing insecurities. Our partnership aims to support our students who may be experiencing housing challenges by providing financial assistance, rental assistance, and motel vouchers. By addressing these fundamental needs, we hope to create a more nurturing environment for our students to thrive academically and personally. Together with Pathway of Hope, we are committed to making a positive impact and empowering our students to overcome obstacles on their journey to success.

If you are in need of such assistance or have any questions, please reach out to our dedicated service navigator Timmy Tran at (714) 699-3247 or


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Mental Health

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The Cypress College Food Pantry accepts donations of non-perishable food and other items—such as canned goods, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, and more—throughout the school year. Please drop them off in the Student Activities Center.

To make monetary donations to fight food insecurities, please click the button below.

Food insecurity infographic

Front of Student Life and Leadership building


Student Life and Leadership, Building 8 (next to the Veterans Resource Center)

Contact Information

Dani Morgan, Basic Needs Contact
T: (714) 484-7309


Food Pantry distribution every Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2 – 4 p.m.